“When I first started in the industry, I was the girl from Neighbours. Then I was ‘Innocent Eyes’. Now I’m that girl from The Voice,” Delta Goodrem notes with a laugh in marie claire’s January cover interview. But stepping away from her busy nine-year coaching role on the latter has freed up time for Goodrem to think, breathe and plan an exciting 2022 full of personal and creative adventures.
It’s also given her time to dig through the mountains of scrapbooks, photos, and memories she’s saved over her 25-year career – not to mention the clothes – particularly during this year’s pandemic lockdown. “I have them all,” she admits of keeping the outfits she’s worn for her music videos and milestone performances over the years. “My mum was amazing like that. She kept everything.”
In fact, a recent chance discovery of the rainbow-striped crop top she wore for her debut video I Don’t Care in 2001 inspired her to recreate the video featuring her partner, musician Matthew Copley, who looks eerily identical to the model in the original version. On November 13 – twenty years to the day since the song’s release – Goodrem posted the new version to Instagram next to the original, split-screen style, with the caption, “How it started/How it’s going. Yes, it is the same top. But not the same boyfriend. Shocking, I know!”.
That made-for-laughs recreation with Copley isn’t the only collaboration Goodrem’s unveiled over the past few months. As well as a follow-up Deluxe Edition to her 2020 Christmas album, ‘Only Santa Knows’, which features a duet with close friend Olivia Newton John, plus four new Christmas classics, Goodrem has been announced as the first Australian brand ambassador or global beauty megabrand Revlon. The partnership sees her join a phenomenal cast of dynamic, strong, and fearless women over the years who’ve embodied the brand’s philosophy to Live Boldly.
“Some of my greatest moments have been when I’ve been my boldest,” Goodrem says. “Revlon has always stood for women’s individual power and strength, supporting everyone’s unique beauty and brilliance. To live fully, freely and with purpose – whatever that looks like to them. They are trailblazers in their field, and it just feels like the perfect timing to align”. Makeup, like music, she says, is about self-expression; transformative and liberating. “I’ve lived my entire life on camera. Makeup has always been an important part of that creativity; showing the different expressions of ourselves.”
“Living boldly is how I want to approach my life, and for now, first and foremost, that means getting back on stage and doing live music,” she says of the major arena 13-show Australia and New Zealand tour she’s focused on kicking off in March. “Lockdown means I’ve had more time to evolve the show and I’m very proud of it. Having more time to bring it to life just means it has to be the best show anyone sees in 2022.”
Find the full interview in the January issue of marie claire, on stands December 16.